This was the seventh bi-annual PARTNER Exhibition held in Belgrade, Serbia. This regional show is maturing, and gathering some momentum. There were many delegations from neighboring countries, showing a cooperation that had been missing in the 1990s and gradually getting better during the 2000s. There were 116 exhibitors, mostly local Serbian companies, but there were 18 other countries represented among the exhibitors.
During the four days of Partner 2015 the show was visited by official delegations from Pakistan, Iraq, Russia, Azerbaijan, Brazil, NATO, the European Defence Agency, Belarus, Myanmar, Mexico, Slovenia, Algeria, France, Croatia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Zambia, DR Congo, Lebanon, Malawi and Jordan. No numbers were presented on the full attendance, but on the last day there were over 1500 attendees.
Outdoor exhibits had everything from field tents to artillery and rocket launchers. Tanks were open for visitors to climb and see inside, and soldiers were stationed around to discuss their vehicles and exhibits with attendees. Indoors, everything from ammunition to boots was on display, with a very interesting showing of “Smart” artillery rounds and guidable 128mm rockets, amongst the new drones and small aircraft in the center of the show.
SADJ has attended all of the Partner Exhibitions since the first one, and we enjoy seeing a regional show growing like this. The next show is in 2017, and promises to have even more interesting developments from the partnerships that Serbian companies have developed with other international counterparts.